THE HISTORY OF BLANDFORD BLOODSTOCK

Blandford Bloodstock is a horseracing, bloodstock & stud farm consultancy based in Newmarket, England. The company deals in every aspect of the industry and is regarded all over the world as a leader in its’ field.

 

The company is owned and managed by highly experienced consultants Tom Goff & Richard Brown, both of whom are responsible for the acquisition of an array of champion racehorses and Group 1 winners around the globe. They are recognised as expert judges of every type of bloodstock – foals, yearlings, horses in training, broodmares and stallion prospects.

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Tom Goff with Richard Brown

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Jack Hobbs winning 150th G1 Irish Derby

Blandford Bloodstock specialises not only in the acquisition of future racehorses when they are yearlings but also in the purchase of foals for re-sale – known as pinhooking. Stud farm consultancy is also one of Blandford’s strengths – the company advises a wide range of owner / breeders and commercial breeders and provides professional racing management services.

 

Cream of recent Blandford purchases is the magnificent JACK HOBBS, who cost 60,000gns as a yearling and was the runaway winner of the 150th G1 Irish Derby in 2015. DREAM AHEAD, brilliant champion sprinter bought for 36,000gns, was the winner of no fewer then five Group 1’s including the Prix Morny while DUTCH ART, a superb two-year-old, is another G1 Prix Morny and Royal Ascot winner who cost just 16,000gns at auction.

Other recent Classic success has come courtesy of G1 St Leger hero ARCTIC COSMOS. ELUSIVE KATE was a four-time Group 1 heroine including the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac on Arc Day in Paris. USA success has been remarkable with the G1 Beverly D Stakes in Chicago claimed thanks to the brilliant I’M A DREAMER. ARIEGE was also victorious in the G1 Santa Anita Oaks and NEREID landed the G1 American Oaks.

 

Stallion acquisitions are a particular forte of the firm. Five time Group 1 winner DUKE OF MARMALADE was purchased privately as a stallion for Drakenstein Stud in South Africa. EXCELEBRATION was bought privately, went on to win three Group 1’s including the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot and is now a stallion at Coolmore Stud in Ireland and Australia.

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St. Leger hero Arctic Cosmos by Charles Church

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Tom Goff with Angus Gold, racing manager to Sheikh Hamdan

In South Africa, DANCER’S DAUGHTER heads the list as one of the all time greats, winning five Group 1 races including the G1 Durban July. Two other Cape champions are dual Group 1 winner ALL IS SECRET and triple Group 1 winner OVERARCHING.

 

Blandford Bloodstock was formed by Goff & Brown in 2001 with the late Joss Collins, who was a British Bloodstock Agency legend for four decades. During his time at “the BBA”, which was formed in 1911, one of Collins’s great projects was the establishment alongside Sir Philip Payne-Gallwey of the Niarchos Family’s racing empire. Immortal racehorse and stallion NUREYEV was just one acquisition, made famously for $1.3 million at Keeneland Sales in Kentucky in 1982.

Collins’s friendship with turf pioneers Robert Sangster and John Magnier resulted in huge success with the likes of champions CAERLEON, WOODMAN and top racemare COMMITTED. Alongside huge enthusiast Lady Beaverbrook, Collins and training great Dick Hern were involved in an array of stars like Group 1 winners TERIMON, PETOSKI, BUSTINO, RELKINO and MYSTIKO.

 

Collins was claimed by cancer in 2004. Since then Goff and Brown have done their best to emulate Collins’s integrity, work ethic and knowledge of the bloodstock industry. It is only through their attendance at every major auction in Europe and the USA that such a universal knowledge is acquired.

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Robert Sangter with Joss Collins

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HM The Queen with Ryan Moore

In 2009, Stuart Boman joined Blandford as a consultant for horses in training and Australasia. His arrival could hardly have been more auspicious with the very classy EURO CHARLINE winning the G1 Beverly D Stakes in America and CRACKERJACK KING winning the G1 Premio Presidente della Repubblica in Rome.